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Immune-Boosting Foods to Fight Coronavirus

Immune-Boosting Foods to Fight Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly on a global level and more than six US coronavirus deaths are confirmed in Washington state. We have paid close attention to Korea’s cases for the last several weeks and found out that boosting immunity is vital to prevent the virus infection on a personal level. In this article, we will introduce immune-boosting foods to fight coronavirus, hoping to keep all the residents on Kauai healthy.

Understanding the Coronavirus, COVID-19

COVID-19 stands for COronaVIrus Disease 19 (19 is the year of the outbreak). The name “corona” came from the shape of the virus which looks like a crown or halo.

Electron micrograph of infectious bronchitis virus
Electron micrograph of infectious bronchitis virus (Source: Wikipedia)
Illustration of the morphology of coronaviruses
Illustration of the morphology of coronaviruses (Source: Wikipedia)

It’s very contagious

The viruses transmit via droplets produced from the respiratory system, often during coughing or sneezing. If you touch infected surfaces or objects by hand and touch your face -especially your nose or mouth- with the same hand, the virus can also transmit.

They say that the spikes of the crown make the virus tightly stick to your lungs once it invades your body. Then, it causes respiratory tract infection.

Cold-like symptoms usually set in from 2 – 14 days after a coronavirus infection, yet the dangerous part is that the virus can be transmitted to others even before the symptoms show. So, without recognizing any signs, people already spread the virus to their loved ones.

Guidelines to prevent Coronavirus

Global health organizations have published preventive measures to reduce the chances of infection. The guidelines are:

  • staying home
  • avoiding travel and public activities
  • frequent washing of hands with soap and water (for more than 20 seconds)
  • not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • practicing good respiratory hygiene.

Recovery Cases in Korea

In Korea, relatively young patients are naturally recovered by their immune system. They said the coronavirus disease doesn’t seem like a deadly illness, yet it felt like a bad flu. They emphasized taking good care of the virus at an early stage.

“After experiencing it myself, I don’t think the disease was as serious as I thought,” said Patient No. 17 (Male, 38) who was discharged after fully recovering. “I think people can recover – though perhaps not easily – if they seek good medical treatment early on.” (Resource: Korea JoongAng Daily 2/14/2020)

Immune-Boosting Foods to Fight Coronavirus:

Certain foods and supplements are recommended by doctors to boost your immune system. These immune-boosting foods are cruciferous vegetables containing indole-3-carbinols.

Jessica Grayson, M.D., assistant professor with the UAB (University of Alabama, Birmingham) Department of Otolaryngology, says,

“Foods that contain indole-3-carbinols have been found to reduce the number of viral infections — while this hasn’t been specifically tested in coronaviruses, the prevention of any viral illnesses that may weaken your immune system is and will be important,” Grayson said. “These foods include leafy greens like kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, etc. They can be cooked or raw.”
(Resource: The University of Alabama at Birmingham – How to prepare in the event of a pandemic

Indole-3-carbinol is also used for fibromyalgia, tumors inside the voice box caused by a virus, tumors inside the respiratory tract caused by a virus. Some people use indole-3-carbinol to balance hormone levels, “detoxify” the intestines and liver, and to support the immune system.
(Resource: RxList.com – Owned and Operated by WebMD)

Immune-Boosting Vegetables

The cruciferous vegetables containing indole-3-carbinols are broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, kale, spinach, turnip greens. (Resource: Wikipedia – Indole-3-Carbinol)

Additional Advice

They also advise
  • continuing healthy habits like exercising,
  • drinking lots of water,
  • managing stress and
  • getting plenty of rest/sleep.

Kauai Farmers Market Time & Location

Check out our farmers market for the freshest vegetables. When you click the location, you will see it on Google Maps.

Saturday9:30am-1pmKauai Community Marketthe front parking lot of Kauai Community College
Saturday9am - 10amKekahaKekaha Neighborhood Center @Elepaio Road
Monday12pm - 1:30pmKoloaKoloa Ball Park (Knudsen) @Maluhia Road
Tuesday11am - 1pmLihueHistoric County Building, Front Lawn
Tuesday3pm - 4pmKalaheoTemporary relocated to Kalawai Park
Wednesday3pm - 5pmKapaaKapaa New Town Park @Kahau Street
Wednesday3:30pm - 6pmPoipu (Kukuiula)The Shops At Kukuiula
Thursday3pm - 4pmHanapepeHanapepe Town Park (behind of Fire Station)
Thursday3:30pm - 5pmKilaueaKilauea Agricultural Center (on the way to the lighthouse)
Friday3pm - 4:30pmLihueVidinha Stadium @Hoolako Road

If you have any suggestions or ideas to prevent coronavirus, please let us know. Click to contact us. Thanks.